Erena Shimoda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan until age 14. Although she grew up in the middle of the city, she was always curious about the underwater world. She enjoyed floating in a small inflatable pool while daydreamimg about mermaids and singing a children’s song:
海は広いな 大きいなー the ocean is wide, the ocean is huge
After scuba diving for the first time during a trip to the Honduras Bay islands Utila and Roatan in 2004, Erena immediately became an underwater addict. She received her Divemaster certificate in Venezuela in 2005 and began shooting underwater photographs in Thailand, Bonaire, Corsica, Cozumel, Cancun and Hawaii. While attending an underwater portrait workshop in Texas, she was inspired to use her background in New Media and Fine Art to create unique compositions by using different media.
Erena has been living in San Francisco, California since 1994. When she can’t reach tropical water, she’s usually taking photographs in swimming pools or staring at the cold ocean. And she is still humming the ocean song.